Date: 5 February 2013
The complementary product portfolios of the two companies, which entered into a strategic alliance in July 2012, have significantly increased the range of glass both can offer.
Now a far wider range of decorative glass products
Today's interior and furniture designers are on the lookout for innovative products that combine the intelligent use of materials with flamboyant new designs and functions. Demand for marriages of colour and glass and for the use of decorative glass in interiors is stronger than ever because the smooth, shiny surface of glass, whether transparent or opaque, makes it a perfect material for furniture. Ever more creative solutions are being designed for shelves, bathroom furniture, shower screens, stairs, kitchen units, doors and even entire interior wall elements.
On its stand, AGC Interpane will showcase an eye-catching array of products, including ceramic digitally printed panels, acid-etched and painted glass in a generous range of colours, a desk with a heatable glass top, sand-blasted and photo-laminated glass, laminated safety and design glass as well as a large switchable glass pane. The brand new Oltreluce collection of patterned glass, created by Italian designer Michele De Lucchi, will also be on display.
Based in Brussels, AGC Glass Europe produces, processes and distributes flat glass for the construction, automotive and solar sectors. It boasts an R&D Centre and some 100 sites stretching across Europa. This will allow Interpane better and faster access to products and services while bringing it closer to customers. AGC Glass Europe employs 14,000 people and is the European branch of AGC Glass, one of the world’s largest producers of flat glass.
Founded by Georg F. Hesselbach in 1971, Interpane employs 1,200 people and operates mainly in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland. Headquartered in Lauenförde, Germany, Interpane sells its glass products to the construction and solar industries and develops its own coating technology and equipment. The new partnership allows AGC Glass Europe to consolidate its position in the glass-coating sector and expand its industrial presence, most notably in the German flat glass market.